Image from page 145 of "Old-time stories;" (1921)
Title: Old-time stories;
Authors: Perrault, Charles, 1628-1703
Publisher: [n.p.] Constable
Contributing Library: Information and Library Science Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Digitizing Sponsor: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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t, in a dreadful voice ;4 I have saved your life by receiving you into my castle, andin return for my trouble you steal that which I love betterthan anything in the world—my roses. You shall pay forthis with your life ! I give you fifteen minutes to makeyour peace with Heaven. The merchant threw himself on his knees and wrunghis hands. Pardon, my lord ! he cried ; one of mydaughters had asked for a rose, and I did not dream I shouldbe giving offence by picking one. I am not called my lord, answered the monster, but The Beast. I have no liking for compliments,but prefer people to say what they think. Do not hopetherefore to soften me by flattery. You have daughters,you say ; well, I am willing to pardon you if one of your 121 Old-Time Stories daughters will come, of her own choice, to die in yourplace. Do not argue with me—go ! And swear that ifyour daughters refuse to die in your place you will comeback again in three months. The good man had no intention of sacrificing one of his
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I -. ipn^« The Beast daughters to this hideous monster, but he thought that atleast he might have the pleasure of kissing them once again.He therefore swore to return, and the Beast told him hecould go when he wished. I do not wish you to go empty-handed, he added ; return to the room where you slept ;you will find there a large empty box. Fill it with whatyou will ; I will have it sent home for you. 122 Beauty and the Beast With these words the Beast withdrew, leaving the mer-chant to reflect that if he must indeed die, at all eventshe would have the consolation of providing for his poorchildren. He went back to the room where he had slept. Hefound there a large number of gold pieces, and with thesehe filled the box the Beast had mentioned. Having closedthe latter, he took his horse, which was still in the stable,and set forth from the palace, as melancholy now as he hadbeen joyous when he entered it. The horse of its own accord took one of the forest roads,and in a few hours the go
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